Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- October 11, 2002
Cal Poly Awarded $356,000 for Ag Education Through
State's 'Buy California' Program
Cal Poly has been awarded $356,000 under the state’s “Buy
California” program aimed at aiding specialty crop growers, California
Secretary of Food and Agriculture William (Bill) J. Lyons Jr. announced
Thursday in a news conference at the university.
An Agricultural Literacy Project designed to give agriculture a higher
profile in K-12 classrooms statewide will receive $280,000. A new series
of Agricultural Policy Seminars for Cal Poly students was awarded $76,000.
The Ag Literacy Project will be augmented by an additional $295,000
in matching contributions from participating nonprofit groups and donated
staff time. Project supporters include the San Luis Obispo County Office
of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin,
the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, and the
To help conduct the series of policy seminars, Cal Poly will provide
more than $97,000 in matching funds and indirect costs. Supporters include
Pacific Coast Producers, Mission Produce Inc. and Talley Farms.
The literacy project’s goal is to familiarize teachers with a
new curriculum guide -- developed at Cal Poly -- so they can integrate
agricultural education with core subjects such as math, science, English
and history. The project director is Cal Poly Agricultural Education
and Communication Department Head Glen Casey.
In the 10-week ag policy seminars, to be offered during two quarters
a year, students will work with the agricultural community and government
to research and analyze a wide range of perspectives on issues such
as pest prevention, labor, workers’ compensation, water and air
quality. College of Agriculture Associate Dean Mark Shelton and Agribusiness
Lecturer Ron de Yong will lead the project.